Video: Reformation Day Celebration in Rural South Africa

As many churches around the world celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (October 31, 1517), our church members gathered to lift their voices in gratitude for the Five Solas: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria. 

We translated the Reformation Hymn (© Chris Anderson/Bob Kauflin) into Tsonga, sang it as a choir and congregation, observed its application in Acts 19 and capped it off with baptisms of new believers from Valdezia and River Plaats.

Reformation Hymn

We will trust God’s Word alone,
Where his perfect will is known;
Our traditions shift like sand
While his Truth forever stands.

We will live by faith alone,
Clothed in merit not our own;
All we claim is Jesus Christ
And his finished sacrifice.

Refrain:
Glory be, glory be to God alone,
Through the church he redeemed and made his own.
He has freed us, he will keep us till we’re safely home
Glory be, glory be to God alone!

We are saved by grace alone—
Undeserved, yet freely shown;
No accomplishment on earth
Can achieve the second birth.

We will stand on Christ alone,
The unyielding Cornerstone;
Nations rage and devils roar,
Still he reigns forevermore!

Xikwembu xi ri Xoxe
Matsalwa ma tshembeka,
Vutlhari bya tiviwa;
Misava ya onheka
Bibele ya tiyisa.Hi hanya hi ku tshemba,
Musa a hi wa hina;
Yesu, Muhlawuriwa,
I mhamba yo kwetsima.

Vuyelelo:
Xikwembu, Xikwembu, xi ri Xoxe,
Hi Bibele, xa ha hi kutsurile.
Ha tshunxeka–hlayiseka–etilwen’ swinwe
Xikwembu, Xikwembu, xi ri Xoxe!

Hi tintswalo, mahala—
Hina, hi ponisiwa;
Mintirho ya tsandzeka,
Ku pfuna ku tswariwa.

Kriste, Ribye ra yinhla,
Hi n’wi pfumela ntsena;
Mademona ma vomba,
Xikwembu xa ha fuma!

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